Media Releases

Local tick tests positive for Lyme disease

June 6, 2018

Southwestern Public Health has confirmed a black-legged tick collected from the Port Burwell area has tested positive for the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. The case should serve as a reminder for residents to protect themselves from ticks when venturing outdoors. For further details, read the news release.

 

What the Health? launches #OxfordHike4Health photo challenge

June 4, 2018

Members of What the Health? are challenging their peers to lace up their hiking shoes and spend some time exploring nature. The #OxfordHike4Health photo challenge encourages Oxford County teens to take a picture while they are out hiking or biking on one of Oxford County’s numerous trails this spring/summer for a chance to win one of three $100 Visa Gift Cards. Read the news release for full details. 

 

New Pedometer Kits and Trails Study Coming to Elgin County

May 22, 2018

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Oxford County and Elgin St. Thomas announce new health unit board, name and logo 

April 19, 2018

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Vaccine Administration Mistake at Two Schools

April 12, 2018

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Regulatory change allowing public health merger approved

April 4, 2018

The Board of Health for Elgin St. Thomas and Oxford County Council have learned that the required regulatory change to the Health Protection and Promotion Act is now approved, allowing the legal merger of the two health units to proceed.

 

Published today on the Government of Ontario’s e-Laws website, the regulatory change marks the final procedural step for the merger, following an earlier legislative amendment to the Strengthening Quality and Accountability for Patients Act in December 2017. The regulatory approval sets out the health unit’s legal or incorporated name, the geographical boundaries of the communities it will serve, municipal board membership, and the effective legal date of the merger, May 1, 2018.

In fact, we understand that the work of integrating our operations will take several months to unfold. Leadership at both organizations continues to work through this process to ensure that the changeover to our new health unit is planned and orderly, with respect for and responsiveness to the needs of the approximately 204,000 people we serve and our combined 180 employees.

We extend thanks to our communities for their support; to our senior leaders for their work in advancing the merger; and to the members of the new Transition Governance Committee, who have assumed interim oversight responsibility as we continue this path. With this final step of our legislative and regulatory process in place, we look forward to sharing further updates with you in the coming weeks.  A backgrounder is available for anyone interested.

Issued by:

Bernie Wiehle                                                                      David Mayberry
Chair, Board of Health for Elgin St. Thomas                       Warden, Oxford County    

Media contacts:

Tommasina Conte                                                       Tiffany Terpstra                                              
Oxford County Public Health                                       Elgin St. Thomas Public Health
519.539.9800, ext. 3503                                             519.631.9900, ext. 1308                                
Toll-free: 1-800-755-0394                                           Toll-free: 1-800-922-0096      
tconte@oxfordcounty.ca                                             tterpstra@elginhealth.on.ca                           

 

 

‘Knowledge is Testing- Radon Study’ 

February 5, 2018

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Smoke is Smoke

January 22, 2018

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Elgin St. Thomas and Oxford County boards approve next
steps in health unit merger 

January 11, 2018

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More Cold Weather This Week Prompts Cold Weather Statement

January 3, 2018

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Outdoor ice rinks to make a return to Elgin St. Thomas this winter.  

December 28, 2017

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Spread Cheer Not Whooping Cough this Holiday Season

December 13, 2017

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Elgin St. Thomas and Oxford County health units announce intent to merge

November 10, 2017

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Elgin St. Thomas Public Health Issues a Media Release re: Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

October 27, 2017

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Elgin St. Thomas Public Health Issues Notice about Local Influenza (Flu) Activity

October 20, 2017

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ESTPH calls for Smoke-Free Policies in Multi-Unit Housing Enviroments for Fire Prevention Week.

October 10, 2017

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New Trails and Sidewalks Make St. Thomas a Walkable Community

October 4, 2017

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Extended Heat Warning 

September 25, 2017

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Heat Warning 

September 23, 2017

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Public Warning for Viewing Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017

August 18, 2017

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Port Stanley Main Beach Showing Higher Levels of Bacteria

August 11, 2017

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Port Stanley Main Beach Showing Higher Levels of Bacteria

August 4, 2017

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First Heat Warning of 2017 

June 9, 2017

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Quit Stories

May 1, 2017

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Age Friendly Community Plan

April 21, 2017 

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National Immunization Awareness Week 2017

April 19, 2017

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The “Great Big Gulp” makes its debut in Elgin elementary schools to celebrate making tap water the go-to drink for good health.

March 20, 2017

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Elgin St. Thomas Public Health launches “wouldurather…” to support young adults to become smoke free

January 18, 2017

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Local Resident Tests Positive for Lyme Disease -

August 22, 2016

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Rabies Positive Bat in St. Thomas - St. Thomas, Ontario 

July 22, 2016

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